30. Treasures?

‘Probing Deeper’ Meditations: 30: Treasures?

Mt 6:20 store up for yourselves treasures in heaven”.

Some people are collectors. They collect specific articles. I’ve known people collect thimbles, others collect plates, others all different sorts of memorabilia. Basically they just store them up at home to show others. They consider them their ‘treasures’ and indeed sometimes some of the things are very valuable. It’s a fascinating subject. The ‘big people’ in this realm are art collectors, whether it be famous paintings, statues or some other art form.

All these things, of course, are material things, things that be broken or stolen and are things you can’t take with you when you die. Their value, therefore, may be great here and now but in eternal terms they are worthless. But then many people are not concerned about spiritual values, they are just surprised when death arrives without warning. If that are given warning, then very often such people start readjusting their perspectives about what is important in life.

But as Christians we’re supposed to be different aren’t we. We have such warnings as we have in our starter verse from Jesus. Then we have his ‘Parable of the Rich Fool’, which concludes with, “‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’  “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”  (Lk 12:20,21)

The focuses of the Christian experience tend be on ‘being’ and ‘doing’, knowing your identity as a child of God and moving under the prompting of the Spirit. But behind those things is the background awareness that we are citizens of heaven and servants of heaven and as such our assets, our resources, our earnings, our ‘fruit’, goes in to the bank of heaven. Our focus is on a Lord who is in heaven, directing his Spirit from there to bring about his rule.

So how are we to be ‘rich towards God’ and ‘store up for ourselves treasure in heaven’? Treasures are things that we value highly, seek after, consider most important. Treasure hunters give their lives to it. Treasures for us are God, Jesus, his will, his expressions – love, goodness and so much more, the things HE considers all important.

Here on earth we’re not to rejoice over our goodness (which leads to pride) but heaven takes note and although it’s not the thing that will get you to heaven, when you get there, they will acknowledge your life and praise God for it. Worth pondering on, yes? A little exercise to check this out, not to make us feel guilty but perhaps to think, pray and act differently: what do you and I do in life that has long-term effects in the kingdom of God? Time to ponder.

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